Run Report By: Clare Sheppard
Photos By: Kevin Lewington
Published By: Emily Mason
Woodley is back!
Today, was event 338 after 4 weeks of being closed. I have to confess, on my trip around the course today, I couldn’t quite work out what had been done in the 4 weeks, other than the pond looking very muddy rather than pond like in places and there being some temporary fencing still on the downhill stretch towards the end of the lap. It seems we may have to close again later in the year, forcing us all out of our beds earlier, which I know many of us found a challenge! Fingers crossed it will be during the brighter lighter mornings which may make it a bit easier to venture out before 8.45am. While we were closed, many made long trips to Reading, Dinton, Prospect and the first few events at California Country parkrun. Some braved further afield with a journey up the M4 to Higginson park in Marlow. I am sure there are some more exotic locations ticked off, but it did help me with my parkrun alphabet challenge at least.
So, event 338, was, in the words of Winnie the Pooh, ‘a rather blustery day.’ In fact while I was looking for references from said Bear, I found so many poignant quotes from him that can be applied to parkrun life, I challenge you to look up Winnie the Pooh quotes, and I challenge even the tough hearted ones of you not to be slightly moved by them when you think about your friends, the community and the way of life you come to live when you introducing running and parkrun into it.
Anyway, today, there were 164 people who took part in Woodley’s return. I took part as tail walker, which is my first time in this role. I am running Reading Half Marathon tomorrow and thought it sensible to volunteer rather than end up in competition with a buggy (I never win that one!). Many of the other volunteers and participants are also taking part, and some in Fleet half marathon. Good luck to everyone tomorrow, and lets hope if it’s still windy, it is at least behind us all the way. There were some tourists from Stratford Upon Avon, Scotland and Islington. There were many others quietly touristing, as there were 11 parkrunners who were new to Woodley but not new to parkrun. We had 3 brand new to parkrun today who chose to come to us. I hope you enjoyed it, and hope to see you back next week too. 10 people got a PB today, well done all, did the wind help? I rather think it wouldn’t have done, it was mostly in my face as I recall, so an extra well done for pushing hard against that wind! Michael Parkinson ran his 50th today, and Michelle Demetriou, Julion Hough and my hubby Mark Sheppard all ran their 99th, so big celebrations next week? Michael Southerton did 350 today, which is just incredible. Well done to all for all your personal achievements today.
The hard work of Ian McGuinness re barcoding the tokens while we were away was appreciated today as all barcodes scanned with succession this week. However, he will be disappointed to learn that 3 tokens were taken home. If you have them please return them to us as we need them next week!
This week 164 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:
Nigel S HOULT • David SAYER • David LEWIS • Neil FENWICK • Jenny BOXWELL • Adrian Nicholas BLAKEY • Juliet FENWICK • Eoin Stuart MCLEOD • Clare SHEPPARD • Lorna MCLEOD • Jacqueline BOWLES • Richard MASON • Hilary RENNIE • Emily MASON • Stephanie Karen BIRD • Sarah DREW • Sarah HILLING • Kevin LEWINGTON • Katie PERKINS • Geoff WHITE • Gia MIDDLETON • Grant HOPKINS • Simon ARTHUR • Rob THOMPSON • Anne BLAKELEY • Iain MACKENZIE • Brian OXBROUGH
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).
The female record is held by Kirsty WALKER who recorded a time of 17:23 on 25th December 2018 (event number 330).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).
Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 9,319 participants have completed 85,791 parkruns covering a total distance of 428,955 km, including 14,381 new Personal Bests. A total of 790 individuals have volunteered 6,988 times.